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by Thomas Carey
Mon Oct 15, 2018 12:44 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Monday 15th October 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 77)
Replies: 1
Views: 13

Spoilers for Monday 15th October 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 77)

Five octochamps in quick succession now. Will we get another soon? Will someone break that successive #1 seeds record Johnny was on about? Whatever man two new contestants here glhf
by Thomas Carey
Fri Oct 12, 2018 1:15 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday 12th October 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 76)
Replies: 6
Views: 390

Spoilers for Friday 12th October 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 76)

Mike's going for the octochamp.

A win with at least 60 points puts him top seed, which surely must be doable. He needs 49 points for seed 2 and 30 for seed 3. Should he lose, 41 points puts him at seed 5, else he'll stay in 6th. Let's go
by Thomas Carey
Tue Oct 09, 2018 1:44 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Ask Graeme?
Replies: 1279
Views: 133187

Re: Ask Graeme?

Lowest debut score for an octochamp? (57 happened recently which must be close to the 15 round record. I guess do whatever with previous runs). Series champ?

How many games (that we know of) have not had GO available as a valid 2?

Looking forward to some very meaty stats after coc
by Thomas Carey
Tue Oct 09, 2018 1:14 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday 9th October 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 73)
Replies: 13
Views: 638

Spoilers for Tuesday 9th October 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 73)

That was one of the weirdest episode openings ever, according to Zarte. Im not really watching. Mike's won a few, how's he gonna do today?
by Thomas Carey
Fri Oct 05, 2018 8:04 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: A Word of Thanks
Replies: 13
Views: 1009

Re: A Word of Thanks

Yeah great to briefly meet you, you were definitely 'kind of cool' in our weird group as you kept saying. You brought so much to the game. Top lad, good luck with all your shite :)
by Thomas Carey
Fri Oct 05, 2018 1:09 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday 5th October 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 71)
Replies: 1
Views: 473

Spoilers for Friday 5th October 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 71)

Mike Daysley bàck for a third game what's he gonna do
by Thomas Carey
Thu Oct 04, 2018 12:54 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday 4th October 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 70)
Replies: 11
Views: 1006

Spoilers for Thursday 4th October 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 70)

welp coc's over that was cool

Mike Daysley beat Tealin Glenn in a very good game yesterday what's he gonna do now
by Thomas Carey
Tue Oct 02, 2018 2:33 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: C of C Draw......
Replies: 105
Views: 8549

Re: C of C Draw......

bradley won 10 :(
by Thomas Carey
Sun Sep 30, 2018 8:00 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: The CoC Predictions Game
Replies: 36
Views: 3001

Re: The CoC Predictions Game

callum todd to beat bradley horrocks over t'noggin
by Thomas Carey
Thu Sep 27, 2018 1:07 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday 27th September 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 65)
Replies: 4
Views: 598

Spoilers for Thursday 27th September 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 65)

You wouldn't have thought it from his first couple games, but Robin looks hard to beat now. How's he gonna fare in his sixth game?

(Stats people: may be getting ahead of myself here, but does anyone know the lowest debut score for an octochamp? 15 round era, obviously)
by Thomas Carey
Wed Sep 26, 2018 3:38 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: How many countries have you been to?
Replies: 152
Views: 14622

Re: How many countries have you been to?

Graeme Cole wrote:
Tue Sep 25, 2018 10:45 pm
I wonder if anyone's been to the Vatican City but not to Italy?
Maybe someone who got airlifted in and out for a big popey thing, but I doubt it

Feels annoying to have been to Italy for the second time, and still not 'completed' it in terms of countries because San Marino
by Thomas Carey
Tue Sep 25, 2018 7:54 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: How many countries have you been to?
Replies: 152
Views: 14622

Re: How many countries have you been to?

Add the Vatican for me
by Thomas Carey
Tue Sep 25, 2018 1:04 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday 25th September 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 63)
Replies: 2
Views: 538

Spoilers for Tuesday 25th September 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 63)

Robin Johnson's just got better and better in his 3 wins so far. How's he gonna do now?
by Thomas Carey
Mon Sep 24, 2018 6:03 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: C4C/apto/Countdown Dreams
Replies: 587
Views: 114667

Re: C4C/apto/Countdown Dreams

Ben Wilson wrote:
Sun Sep 23, 2018 9:35 pm
Tom and I decide to try to blend in with the tramps
You picked the right man for the job :D
by Thomas Carey
Thu Sep 20, 2018 1:41 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday 20th September 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 60)
Replies: 2
Views: 705

Spoilers for Thursday 20th September 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 60)

Let's hope I haven't mangled the thread this time

Greg Purling got a decent win yesterday. Can he make it two? I have no idea but the episode's nearly over so you might
by Thomas Carey
Wed Sep 19, 2018 12:46 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday 19th September 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 59)
Replies: 6
Views: 688

Spoilers for Wednesday 19th September 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 59)

two new contestants. are we gonna get back to back to back to back octochamps? that'd be well good wouldn't it
by Thomas Carey
Wed Sep 19, 2018 12:46 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: REPLIESVIEWS LAST POST Spoilers for Wednesday 19th September 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 59)
Replies: 1
Views: 553

REPLIESVIEWS LAST POST Spoilers for Wednesday 19th September 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 59)

two new contestants. are we gonna get back to back to back to back? that'd be well good wouldn't it
by Thomas Carey
Thu Sep 13, 2018 12:32 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday 13th September 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 56)
Replies: 9
Views: 815

Spoilers for Thursday 13th September 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 56)

Oh cool I'm awake in time this time

Uh yeah Dave's on game six now. Can we get a third back to back octo? Find out Monday at the latest I guess
by Thomas Carey
Fri Sep 07, 2018 1:11 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday 7th September 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 52)
Replies: 4
Views: 748

Spoilers for Friday 7th September 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 52)

Friday already. Mad stuff. Dave's back after a strong 95 point performance yesterday. Whack on't telly right now for more Dave.
by Thomas Carey
Thu Sep 06, 2018 12:46 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday 6th September 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 51)
Replies: 8
Views: 893

Spoilers for Thursday 6th September 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 51)

It's two new contestants. Will one of them octo again? Probably not
by Thomas Carey
Wed Sep 05, 2018 11:04 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday 5th September 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 50)
Replies: 7
Views: 756

Spoilers for Wednesday 5th September 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 50)

We had a pair of back to back octochamps last series. Can Tony complete another here, or will he fall victim to the 7 time winner's curse this series? A win with only 17 points puts him ahead of Adam at #1 seed. Should he lose, he needs a score of 32 to beat Lewis for #3 and a whole 93 to beat Bob f...
by Thomas Carey
Mon Sep 03, 2018 12:58 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Monday 3rd September 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 48)
Replies: 7
Views: 983

Spoilers for Monday 3rd September 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 48)

Tony's still at it. Can he get one step closer to octochampdom today? Probably but who knows really
by Thomas Carey
Wed Aug 29, 2018 1:04 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday 29th August 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 45)
Replies: 10
Views: 865

Spoilers for Wednesday 29th August 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 45)

Tony got another good performance yesterday, getting only the fifth century of the series. How's he gonna do today?
by Thomas Carey
Tue Aug 28, 2018 1:03 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday 28th August 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 44)
Replies: 11
Views: 858

Spoilers for Tuesday 28th August 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 44)

Tony Manwani proper smashed it yesterday. Can he do it again?
by Thomas Carey
Thu Aug 23, 2018 3:04 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Do you watch foreign language movies ?
Replies: 7
Views: 990

Re: Do you watch foreign language movies ?

yeah, a lot. Don't mind subtitles (much prefer them over a bad dub), to the point where I often subtitle stuff in languages I can understand in case I miss a word or something to save me scrolling back a few seconds or whatever every time How many languages can you understand?! I often watch stuff ...
by Thomas Carey
Thu Aug 23, 2018 1:01 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday 23rd August 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 42)
Replies: 15
Views: 1383

Spoilers for Thursday 23rd August 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 42)

How's Adam going to end his run? Another 7 time winner? The first octochamp of the series? Will he score more than 74 with a win to avoid the unfortunate record? Find out in like an hour I guess
by Thomas Carey
Thu Aug 23, 2018 11:56 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Do you watch foreign language movies ?
Replies: 7
Views: 990

Re: Do you watch foreign language movies ?

yeah, a lot. Don't mind subtitles (much prefer them over a bad dub), to the point where I often subtitle stuff in languages I can understand in case I miss a word or something to save me scrolling back a few seconds or whatever every time
by Thomas Carey
Wed Aug 22, 2018 2:24 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday 22nd August 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 41)
Replies: 11
Views: 822

Re: Spoilers for Wednesday 22nd August 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 41)

Well that was painful at the end. No offence to Adam but I kind of want there to be three 7 time winners just because it's such a weird thing to happen. If Adam wins tomorrow, a score of 74 would make his octotal match the lowest 15-round one so obviously anything below takes the record. (Love the s...
by Thomas Carey
Wed Aug 22, 2018 1:13 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday 22nd August 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 41)
Replies: 11
Views: 822

Spoilers for Wednesday 22nd August 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 41)

Adam's back for game 7 of what could potentially be a very low scoring octorun. Tune in, or something.
by Thomas Carey
Tue Aug 21, 2018 5:58 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: How often do you go to the toilet?
Replies: 18
Views: 1183

Re: How often do you go to the toilet?

Marc Meakin wrote:
Tue Aug 21, 2018 5:55 pm
Also whilst we are talking toilet habits.
Am I the only one who can take a shit and then after I have wiped and washed my hands, can then immediately take a piss.
Maybe it's an age thing
I piss when I shit
by Thomas Carey
Tue Aug 21, 2018 1:23 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday 21st August 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 40)
Replies: 11
Views: 859

Spoilers for Tuesday 21st August 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 40)

It's Adam Rolston's sixth game. Will he be the first octochamp of the series? Will he lose his last heat game like those other guys? Who knows. Might not even get there. Whack on channel 4 right now to see how he does today.
by Thomas Carey
Tue Aug 21, 2018 1:20 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: How often do you go to the toilet?
Replies: 18
Views: 1183

Re: How often do you go to the toilet?

Probably a similar amount to you Mark. I don't drink as much (water) as I probably should though.
by Thomas Carey
Mon Aug 20, 2018 1:25 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: C of C Draw......
Replies: 105
Views: 8549

Re: C of C Draw......

Nah, it will only offend 15 people. Anyway I didn't exactly put an enormous amount of thought into it, just looked at the basic stats, and tweaked them a little bit to allow for dictionary updates and progress in their series finals. Wouldn't have bothered at all if it hadn't been for the outcry ab...
by Thomas Carey
Fri Aug 17, 2018 9:38 pm
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Apterous World Cup 2018: Announcement
Replies: 9
Views: 2167

Re: Apterous World Cup 2018: Announcement

Didn't think you were gonna accept the faceless :(
by Thomas Carey
Mon Aug 13, 2018 7:27 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: FOCAL scoring system
Replies: 16
Views: 1921

Re: FOCAL scoring system

viewtopic.php?f=10&t=11281&p=165157#p162047

This was Gev's thing. Quite liking the idea of your first suggestion atm Graeme (would need to run it with past events obvs)
by Thomas Carey
Mon Aug 06, 2018 9:27 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Susie coming to town!
Replies: 6
Views: 1344

Re: Susie coming to town!

Would recommend. Went to a talk by her at Huddersfield uni in May which wasn't this tour, she was a guest speaker of some language society, but it was a similar two hour thing. Genuinely was really interesting all the way through (was a lot better than a very long origins of words would be I imagine...
by Thomas Carey
Wed Aug 01, 2018 10:35 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: How many of your Facebook friends are dead?
Replies: 26
Views: 1731

Re: How many of your Facebook friends are dead?

2 (that I can think of), both from school :( Both went to 'remembering' profiles. Not unfriending cause there'll be memories of them on their pages, and one of them died recently so people keep tagging her in fundraising things in her memory. Also still have one (a countdowner) coming up in the sugg...
by Thomas Carey
Wed Jul 25, 2018 10:00 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Quantity of letter and number stacks
Replies: 7
Views: 1163

Re: Quantity of letter and number stacks

Terence Mazon wrote:
Wed Jul 25, 2018 7:03 am
Thanks for this. Are these quanities based off of the board game? or averages based on what was found during the different series?
Board game
by Thomas Carey
Wed Jul 25, 2018 1:40 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Quantity of letter and number stacks
Replies: 7
Views: 1163

Re: Quantity of letter and number stacks

Ah! I didn't search the word "distribution". Nice one. This is perfect. I think it's probably easier to just model the home game stacks and go from there. The thread that you showed me so far has the vowels from the newer home game. I'll keep digging for the consonants unless someone else has that ...
by Thomas Carey
Wed Jul 18, 2018 3:37 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: C of C Draw......
Replies: 105
Views: 8549

Re: C of C Draw......

spicy meatball
by Thomas Carey
Wed Jul 18, 2018 2:09 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Octoruns
Replies: 9
Views: 1277

Re: Octoruns

*cough*

not quite Mark's, but
by Thomas Carey
Tue May 08, 2018 11:21 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday 8th May 2018 (Series 78, Prelim 85)
Replies: 13
Views: 2865

Spoilers for Tuesday 8th May 2018 (Series 78, Prelim 85)

It's Toby! And he's won 7 with yesterday's 104 being his lowest yet, can he octo? Probably, but find out soon I guess Was gonna do one of those 'he needs X points to be nth seed' things but since his points total is higher than all but one person's this series already: A loss puts him at 4th, above ...
by Thomas Carey
Fri May 04, 2018 8:59 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday 4th May 2018 (Series 78, Prelim 83)
Replies: 14
Views: 2309

Spoilers for Friday 4th May 2018 (Series 78, Prelim 83)

obligatory star wars reference Tobi-wan McDonald??? no

Toby's back for game 6 and he's doing pretty well tbh. Can he get another win/century/solid performance? Find out at the usual time woaw
by Thomas Carey
Wed Apr 18, 2018 11:28 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: (SPOILERS) The Countdown Scoring System.
Replies: 9
Views: 2075

Re: (SPOILERS) The Countdown Scoring System.

Thomas Cappleman wrote:
Wed Apr 18, 2018 10:58 am
Gavin Chipper wrote:
Wed Apr 18, 2018 10:54 am
Stuff like maxes aren't even officially measured anyway.
And to do so you'd need an absolutely definitive list of which words are valid, with a ruling on every edge case.
Good point. Actually I take back all the shit I said, average maxes is the way forward.
by Thomas Carey
Wed Apr 18, 2018 10:36 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: (SPOILERS) The Countdown Scoring System.
Replies: 9
Views: 2075

Re: (SPOILERS) The Countdown Scoring System.

yeah but that's annoying to calculate, wins then points is much easier for your average viewer to understand and imo there's not really any point caring about scoring due to different selections at this sort of stage (random fluctuations when someone gets a bunch of easy nines etc) cause the opponen...
by Thomas Carey
Wed Apr 18, 2018 1:51 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Deathwatch 2018
Replies: 112
Views: 23420

Re: Deathwatch 2018

Barbara Bush
Image
by Thomas Carey
Thu Apr 05, 2018 12:36 am
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: School level maths question
Replies: 11
Views: 2535

Re: School level maths question

The real issue here is 'school level'
by Thomas Carey
Tue Apr 03, 2018 3:15 am
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: the Countdowners Outside Co:Event Meet-ups game (COCMEAT)
Replies: 61
Views: 11168

Re: the Countdowners Outside Co:Event Meet-ups game (COCMEAT)

Updated. Dan's at uni, everyone else as above with a few new ones, may still have missed some idk Joseph Krol, Sophie Krol Callum T, Jamie M, Zarte, Jen, Andy, Heather S, Mark and Graeme, Matt and Loz, Matty, Giles, Aidan, Sara, Anoush Jonny Rawlinson Tanmay Oli Garner Dan Byrom Also got a weird edg...
by Thomas Carey
Wed Mar 28, 2018 1:10 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: So, who will be the founding member of Countdown's "1000 CLUB"?
Replies: 62
Views: 13839

Re: So, who will be the founding member of Countdown's "1000 CLUB"?

Zarte Siempre wrote:
Mon Mar 19, 2018 8:55 am
The odds on a player good enough to do it getting a good enough set of letters with which to do it are very small. The odds on them actually caring enough to try and work towards it is even less likely.
Enter Elliott Mellor.

inb4 obvious jokes
by Thomas Carey
Wed Mar 14, 2018 4:08 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Deathwatch 2018
Replies: 112
Views: 23420

Re: Deathwatch 2018

Stephen Hawking :(

Genuinely surprised nobody seemed to really mention him ever
by Thomas Carey
Fri Mar 09, 2018 3:53 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday 9th March 2018 (Series 78, Prelim 44)
Replies: 17
Views: 2055

Spoilers for Friday 9th March 2018 (Series 78, Prelim 44)

Zarte's on game 7 and he's got his cool red jacket back which I apologise for calling stupid a few days ago cause it actually looks pretty snazzy. Against him is some guy called Steve who didn't stand a chance, I can't remember much else about him tbh
by Thomas Carey
Fri Jan 26, 2018 1:23 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Countdowners in the news
Replies: 113
Views: 25376

Re: Countdowners in the news

Elliott Mellor wrote:
Thu Jan 25, 2018 8:26 pm
Gavin Chipper wrote:
Thu Jan 25, 2018 5:09 pm
^^ Good post.
Seconded.
Thirded. This hits worryingly close to home for me, with the guy being in pretty much the exact life position that I'm in :( RIP James
by Thomas Carey
Tue Jan 23, 2018 12:40 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Letter distribution
Replies: 37
Views: 4633

Re: Letter distribution

Bumping this cos I can't create a new one. If the first three rounds ( i.e.first 27 tiles ) where from a pool of the 26 letters of the alphabet plus an additional A what would be the best distribution for maximum points ? Interesting. Ignoring the fact that you don't have enough vowels for 3 valid ...
by Thomas Carey
Mon Jan 01, 2018 11:00 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Deathwatch 2018
Replies: 112
Views: 23420

Re: Deathwatch 2018

And I reckon there should be a wise person or people to adjudicate if people are too ill to count (and also if they actually qualify as being 'famous')
by Thomas Carey
Mon Jan 01, 2018 10:57 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Deathwatch 2018
Replies: 112
Views: 23420

Re: Deathwatch 2018

I propose picking a constant x (we're essentially doing it with 1 here), 1.05 seems like a decent value from playing around a little bit feel free to change, and then a fixed age N (say 90) and then multiplying whatever points you would get by x^(N-[age of death]). This is just a suggestion after a ...
by Thomas Carey
Mon Jan 01, 2018 10:43 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Deathwatch 2018
Replies: 112
Views: 23420

Re: Deathwatch 2018

Here's my list of very old people, just last year's with the dead two replaced. Rest in peace Chuck Berry, rot in hell Hugh Hefner. Vera Lynn Prince Philip Sir David Attenborough :( Angela Lansbury Barbara Bush George H.W. Bush Jimmy Carter Betty White I.M. Pei Kirk Douglas I agree the first time bo...